Taking advantage of Jerusalem’s remarkable historyand architectural beauty – combined with a unique topography – the 2015 Jerusalem Marathon, which will take place on March 13, 2015, will offer a course that is both athletically challenging and replete with pointsof interest at nearly every turn.
Musicians of a myriad of religions from the four corners of the world gather once a year in Jerusalem for a pilgrimage of peace, tolerance and brotherhood and for four days of performances that will do everything from make you stop and ponder, have you dancing wildly and enlighten you, making your heart soar.
Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that marks the beginning of the Jewish year, is in the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which coincides with late September and early October.
Unlike the other holidays, which have one holy day on which businesses are closed, Rosh Hashanah is a two-day holiday, and businesses are closed on both days. The holiday is two days according to tradition started in the Diaspora when the onset of the new moon – which traditionally was decreed by the High Court in Jerusalem – was not known.
On Palm Sunday (March 29), Catholic and Protestant pilgrims come streaming down the Mount of Olives singing hymns and bearing palm fronds, reenacting Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
The Orthodox denominations follow the Patriarch, bearing palm fronds, in a colorful procession to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and back to the Patriarchate. Other processions from the Armenian, Coptic and Syrian denominations are also held.
The Masada Opera Festival will take place for the fifth year running with productions of “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini, conducted by world renowned Maestro Daniel Oren as well as “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, conducted by James Judd. Following four highly successful productions in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and 2014, the Israeli Opera Festival at Masada has earned itself a place on the international summer open air opera circuit and is the largest cultural and tourism event in Israel.
The exhibition By the Rivers of Babylon opens this week at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. This exhibition sheds new light on one of the most important episodes in biblical history: the Babylonian Exile. The pivotal focus of the exhibit is the Al-Yahudu Archive: a collection of over 100 cuneiform tablets, original documents from the Judean exilic community, which are on display to the public for the first time. Written in the ancient Akkadian language, they document the daily lives of the first generations of exiled Judeans following their deportation to Babylon.
"Jaffa is a highly significant place in the history of Christianity," said Father Zahar, head of the Catholic community in Jaffa. He invites one and all to visit the ancient port city and participate in the unique and enchanted Christmas events Jaffa offers.
Nestled in the heart of the Galilee, site of some of the most significant events in the history of Christianity, is the Hula Valley. Lush with vegetation due to the abundance of water, the valley is a well-known stopover for thousands of migrating birds making their annual journey from Europe to Africa and back.
Open House Jerusalem 2014 will take place over the weekend of September 18-20 and will showcase over 120 interesting homes, public buildings, historical monuments and unique apartments - all with distinctive architectural design, free-of-charge and open to the general public. Dozens of architectural tours, some from an historical point of view, and others from a technological or social and activist perspective, will enable the participants to explore the city uniquely and in depth, and celebrate its urban life.
Christmas in the Holy Land is a completely different experience than Christmas in any other part of the world. Here there is the opportunity to spend Christmas in the ancient and beautiful city of Jerusalem, to visit Bethlehem, participate in Christmas Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth along with many other meaningful places throughout the country.